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Basic information of the minor

Code: ARTS3082

Extent: 15-25 credits, III-V period (2018) – I - III period (2018-2019)

Language: English

Organizing department: Department of Design

Responsible teacher: adjunct professor Maarit Salolainen

Target group: Students from the FaCT MA-programme, other Aalto ARTS MA-students.

Application procedure: Common application period once a year in autumn, see Instructions for applying

Student needs to include a portfolio as well as a letter of motivation to the application. In addition a study plan is required, including a list of courses to be included in the minor. Selection criteria are quality of the portfolio, motivation and earlier success in studies. Participation requires commitment to this year-long project. The portfolio, motivation letter and study plan are to be attached to the application.

For all students interested in applying to the PatternLab Minor:

Welcome to the info session on Tuesday 19.9.2017  12-13 in Room 6088 (Arabia). 

Adjunct Professor Maarit Salolainen and the PatternLab18 students will be telling about the project and answering your questions.

Please see also for more information

Additional information on the minor from the professor in charge of the minor as well as from the study coordinator Tiina Pylkkönen.

Quotas and restrictions: Max. 12 Aalto ARTS students

Prerequisites: Please see application procedure and quotas and restrictions.

Content and structure of the minor

Learning outcomes

Students are able to design surface designs with different methods and for various purposes. Students understand how freelance designers work in an international environment within the context of surface design. Students are familiar with the promoting and sales processes of surface design collections. They are familiar with repeats, making and coordinating colourways and collections and are able to create a collection of surface designs according to design brief.

Content: During this one-year learning-by-doing design students design a collection of surface designs according joint themes and learn how to market and sell the collection.

  • Creating joint collection and marketing concept, project planning and scheduling, project funding, marketing, sales and PR, pricing and agreements.
  • Designing individual collection of surface designs
  • Customer meetings in Finland and in other Scandinavia
  • Participating as a team in international trade fairs

Additional information: The Surface Design-course is a prerequisite for the PatternLab -course. PatternLab website:

The course Product Porftolio Management is recommended to PatternLab-minor students as a supporting course.

Structure of the minor

The content of the minor 15-25 credits is to be discussed with the teacher responsible of the minor. FaCT students can also take the Surface Design course as part of their Major studies.





Surface Design






PatternLab Marketing and Sales Project